PM writes to PAC chairman, says ready to appear before panel

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday wrote to Public Accounts Committee expressing his willingness to appear before the panel which is going into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Monday wrote to Public Accounts Committee expressing his
willingness to appear before the panel which is going into the
2G spectrum allocation scam.

Following up his announcement at the Congress plenary
session, Singh made the offer in his letter to PAC Chairman
Murli Manohar Joshi, sources said without elaborating.

Addressing the concluding day of the Congress plenary,
Singh had said he would be "happy to appear" before the PAC
though there was no precedent and he intended to write to
Joshi in this regard.

"I wish to state categorically that I have nothing to
hide from the public at large and as a proof of my bonafides I
intend to write to the Chairman of the PAC that I shall be
happy to appear before the PAC, if it chooses to ask me to do
so," Singh had said.

Contending that the Opposition was "falsely propagating"
that government was shying away from JPC to prevent the Prime
Minister from appearing before it, Singh said he has "nothing
to hide from the public".

Singh`s letter to PAC comes on a day when the
Comptroller and Auditor General, whose report on a presumed
loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer in 2G spectrum
allocation created a storm in Parliament, will appear before
the PAC.

The PAC will continue with its examination of the
controversial allocation of 2G radio waves and Comptroller and
Auditor General Vinod Rai is expected to put forth his
point-of-view before the panel.

The CAG report has proved to be quite an ammunition
for the Opposition, including the BJP and Left parties, to
target the government and it is insisting that only a Joint
Parliamentary Committee can bring out the truth in what they
allege is the "biggest scam in independent India".

The entire Opposition stalled proceedings in the
month-long Winter Session of Parliament on the demand for JPC
into the 2G spectrum scam that resulted in a washout of the
session.

The decision to ask Rai to appear before the powerful
parliamentary committee was taken during its last meeting
earlier this month. The Committee has already invited views
and suggestions on the 2G spectrum allocation.

A Raja, who has been questioned by the CBI in connection
with alleged irregularities in the spectrum allocation, was
forced to resign on November 14 as Telecom minister.

PTI

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